Inventory of the Johannes Legêne Archive (in Dutch)
The work of Johannes G. Legêne (1915-1996) was of inestimable significance for the development of organ building and restoration in the Netherlands from ca. 1950. He is best known for a series of articles which he published with Lambert Erné in 1948 in “Het Orgel”, in which they denounced the work of the organ advisory committees of the time. With a number of companions, he managed to introduce an entirely new approach, in which historical awareness was to play a key role. The Legêne Archive gives a good impression of his pioneering work and the difficulties he encountered. It contains ca. 1300 text documents and ca. 150 photographs and drawings.
Sketch by Legêne of the former organ in the Hervormde Kerk in Lochem (1951) (l)
and a manuscript on the organ builders Gilmann (1972) (r)
Photos from the Knipscheer organ in the Gereformeerde Kerk at Strijen.